I am a social scientist, with my training throughout in economics but my interests and writing spanning well outside of the discipline, into economic-sociology, technological change, and the political economy of development. Prior to NIAS, I was with the School of Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, for six years. My doctoral work was at the United Nations University / MERIT (The Netherlands), before which I have studied at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS, Trivandrum), Madras School of Economics (Chennai) and St. Joseph's College (Bangalore). I am also involved in the western classical music scene in Bangalore, as principal violinist of the Bangalore School of Music Chamber Orchestra.
My interests lie in technological studies, within which my focus has been around the economic-sociology of technological outcomes, with conceptual foundations in social constructivist and feminist-historical perspectives on technology. Hence, concerns on social capital and spatiality, inequality, urban transition, social mobility, gender, and caste, have undergrid all my research thus far. Methodologically, I have experimented on and employed a variety of methods such as network analysis, archival work, oral histories, social construction of technology, focus group discussions, interviews, surveys, and quantitative methods. As a result, the broader political-economy dynamics have always framed the analytical and conceptual setting in every one of my research studies.
I have published in various international journals on technology and society. My latest book The Social Context of Technological Experiences released in 2020 under Routledge, while I also brought out a book in 2015 also under Routledge titled Industrial Innovation, Networks, and Economic Development. My third volume (co-authored) is on neoliberal urban transition and digital experiences among street-based sex workers in Bangalore city, which is under review with Cambridge University Press.